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Miller Park Zoo offers a variety of fun & educational programs throughout the year. Registration is required for all classes.

All program registration is handled through the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. Click here for registration information.

For additional information on Zoo programs contact us at (309) 434-2250.


Animal Crackers for ages 3 - 5 & a grown-up

Animal Crackers is a Miller Park Zoo classic. Join us once each month for a story, animal encounter, craft, & snack. Our topic is always a surprise and we have a great time guessing which animal will visit! One adult accompanies each child to class but does not pay an additional registration fee. The registration fee includes admission to the Zoo for the participating child & one adult on the day of class.

  • Unregistered siblings of any age may not attend.
  • Children must be at least three years old to participate.
  • Classes are identical in each session, so register for only one class each month.

Registration fee:

  • $13 per child per class
  • $8 per child per class for MPZS members
Date Time
Fri., Sept. 28 9:00 - 10:00 am 
Fri., Sept. 28  1:00 - 2:00 pm
Fri., Sept. 28 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 29 9:00 - 10:00 am
Sat., Sept. 29 10:30 - 11:30 am
Date Time
Fri., Oct. 26 9:00 - 10:00 am 
Fri., Oct. 26  1:00 - 2:00 pm
Fri., Oct. 26 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 27 9:00 - 10:00 am
Sat., Oct. 27 10:30 - 11:30 am

Zoo Explorers for ages 6 - 11

Zoo Explorers is a terrific 2-hour adventures that includes animal encounters, classroom learning, and hands-on experiences out in the Zoo. 

Please sign up for only one class each day; curriculum will be the same both morning and afternoon.

Min. 8/Max 15.

Registration fee:

  • $14 per child per class
  • $10 per child per class for MPZS members
Date   Time
Exhibit Design  Mon., Oct. 8 9:00 - 11:00 am / 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Observing Animal Behavior  Fri., Oct. 19 9:00 - 11:00 am / 1:00 - 3:00 pm
 Herbivore Food  Mon., Jan 21 9:00 - 11:00 am / 1:00 - 3:00 pm

 

The Art of Animals for Ages 10 - 17

Science meets art in this unique program collaboration by Miller Park Zoo & Sugar Grove Nature Center.  Participants will meet some animals & study their physical characteristics, then use this information in sketching a few subjects.  We’ll create drawings to take home. All art materials & a snack will be provided. Classes will take place at Miller Park Zoo.

Registration fee:

  • $20 per person per session
  • $15 per person per session for MPZS members
  Date Time
 Drawing Tortoises Mon., Oct. 8  12:00 - 4:00 pm
 Drawing Feathers  Mon., Jan. 21  12:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Winter Safari Camp for Ages 6 - 11

It’s a Jungle Out There!
We’ll learn all the ways animals’ bodies help them survive in the wild.  We’ll even create our own new species!  Along the way, we’ll meet some Zoo animals, make a craft, & enjoy fun, educational activities.  A snack will be provided.  Bring a sack lunch & wear play clothes. 

Curriculum is identical for each day; please register for only one session.

Registration fee:

  • $39 per child per session
  • $29 per child per session for MPZS members

Date Time
Wed., Jan. 2 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thurs., Jan. 3 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

For those 55 Years and Over

2nd Wednesday of the month
8:30-9:30 am
$5 per person

Take your morning stroll at the Zoo!  We’ll visit a different area of the Zoo each month & learn about the animals who live there.  You’ll be guided by a knowledgeable staff member who will give you amazing information…and maybe even a peek behind the scenes!  No reservations are required.  Your tour guide will meet you at the Zoo entrance.  Tours will begin promptly at 8:30.